Please welcome Victoria Ley. For more information of Ley's novel, just click the cover image.
By Victoria Ley
My Awakening to the horror genre was when I was little. I happened to see A Nightmare on Elm Street when I was very young (yes, too young to be watching such things. My parents weren't amused; my older sisters were grounded. 'Nuff said). I was equally terrified and fascinated by the story, and still argue now that Wes Craven had created the perfect horror. There's an unbelievably cruel, vicious, and slightly maniacal, monster that is Freddy Krueger, but all the while you're awake, he can't touch you. He's there, however he's caged, he's impotent, he is no threat at all. *But* - and here's the clincher - you can't stay awake forever. Eventually everyone closes their eyes and succumbs to the deliciousness of sleep, and once you do, you're fair game.
Isn't that perfect?
It's my favourite horror-with-a-safety-net. Forget the vampires (can't step outside in daylight) and werewolves (you're fine-there's no full moon), having to stay awake to stay alive got me hooked on this amazing genre in a way that nothing else ever has. And for that, Mr. Craven, I am grateful.
"I have problems taking things seriously. I've worked as an actor on and off since I was in school, and when I'm not playing pretend in someone else's story, I'm writing my own.
I like to live in a fantasy world, and as a result, am a huge gamer (Wii/PlayStation/Xbox – I'm not fussy). I read a lot (LOVE Stephen King), I watch a lot (Dexter/The Walking Dead are on my Can't Miss list), and am a forever Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.
When I'm not doing the above, I'm probably horse-riding :)
I live in the south-east of England, on an island called Sheppey. Yes, it's a real island."